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Mad Catz bringing you more Gears of War stuff this fall


Jan 26
// Nick Chester
Expect more Xbox 360 accessories with COG logos and smatterings of blood this fall. Mad Catz has announced its entered into a deal with Epic Games to produce Gears of War peripherals to coincide with the release of the third ...
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Mad Catz bringing new 'Brawl' Stick/Pad for WWE All Stars


Jan 19
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
Here's something you probably never expected! Yes, Mad Catz and THQ have teamed up to release a special Arcade BrawlStick and BrawlPad for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. The new WWE All Stars plays a lot more like an arcade ...
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CES: Mad Catz has 3DS accessories, mini Wii controllers


Jan 08
// Dale North
Getting a 3DS and need accessories? Mad Catz is on the case. Or, they're making cases for the 3DS. They're making cases, styluses and screen protectors. I saw their new line-up at CES yesterday, where all of this was on displ...
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CES: Rock Band 3 Midi Pro Adapter hits shelves full force


Jan 08
// Dale North
The Rock Band 3 Midi Pro Adapter technically came out at the end of 2010, but they're still pretty hard to find out in the wild. Best Buy had a few at launch, but that was about it. Those musicians that wanted to try connecti...

The Destructoid Christmas gift guide

Dec 07 // Hollie Bennett
UK based company Gamer Print market themselves as the designers of "gaming t-shirts you would actually wear" and in all fairness to them, I actually would. The small company started in 2009 and bring out new designs every month. They already have a good community who get regularly involved in the voting up and down of designs and an amazing 60% of their sales are overseas. The lovely guys over at Gamer Print have even given us a 20% off code for you to use and you just have to enter the code GP20-008 at the check out. I seriously have my eye on the Assassins Creed hoodie and you will be pleased to know that they actually stock womens sizes on all of their designs! GamerPrint, I salute you! About a year ago, Colette Bennett featured a set of badges by European designer Supermandolini. While Supermandolini have a set of arcade inspired pin badges, the ones I fell in love with are the "console wars" enamel badges. The badges are the perfect way for those hardcore games to show their dedication to the cause. While they are certainly not cheap at 18,00 Euros each, they do look pretty awesome. Yes, I have purchased one this Christmas for my best friend and I really loved the quality. Good things can come in small packages. Since we are clearly on the theme of looking good, it is about time I recommended one of my favourite gamer accessories, the Astro A30 headset. Now if you have ever been to a Dtoid NARP or watched our YouTube channel, chances are you have seen numerous Destructoid staff sporting a pair. Not only do they already look good but the website gives you the option to purchase custom made tags to make all headsets completely individual. Did I mention they sound fantastic too? Astros have both an American and a European site and the set can be bought on its own for a reduced price or with their MixAmp that allows the headset to be used with all gaming consoles. Check out my white Astro A30 with custom BritToid tags. Yeah I know, I'm kind of a big deal.  While in the past I have reviewed the SteelSeries gaming headset, the 5XB, SteelSeries are also the creators of a rather impressive line of PC gaming accessories and equipment which can make the perfect gift for PC fanatics. The SteelSeries Shift, their latest keyboard, is the one I am going to focus on as I have one, love it and will be reviewing once my PC decides to love me again. The Shift key sets are fully interchangeable and keysets are available for MMOs such as WoW to top PC FPS games like Medal of Honor. On top of this, the keyboard allows for leveled macros, has two USB posts and audio in-out ports and since it is SteelSeries, of course is looks great too. While I love playing videogames, I absolutely love reading, but funnily enough my latest reading obsessions have all been gaming books. Books aren't exactly expensive and make great presents for the obsessed gamer. Most people who know me will know I LOVE anything Gears of War and reading through the books by Karen Traviss was the perfect way to explore the game even further. Gaming books are becoming ever more main stream and can be bought almost anywhere with nearly all big games now having prequels and sequels in book form, this year alone I've torn through all the Gears of War books, books for Halo, Mass Effect, Dragon Age, Assassins Creed and even Rune Scape. While this one might not exactly be a Christmas gift, you cannot forget about your Christmas tree. Bogie's shop on Etsy features some amazing hand painted Christmas tree decorations. While they may not all be gaming related, I do know that I love the ones she has made and will take custom orders too. Currently her Etsy shop sees not only Halo and Zelda, but in past I saw the most amazing Assassin's Creed one too. The decorations themselves be cheap but they certainly look fantastic and will make your tree the envy of all others this Christmas and to top it off, Bogie will ship all over the world too. For any gamer that wishes to take their skills to the next level, Mad Catz now provide a huge host of licensed peripherals. Over this year I got to know their PR Alex Verry who has shown me just what Mad Catz has to offer and I have never been unimpressed by them. Those who love their beat 'em ups will be familiar with the idea of fight sticks and fight pads to help improve their skills. Madcatz have a huge range of both and all of them have fantastic artwork. Many of you who have been to large events, such as PAX or Gamescom will notice many of the exclusive designs on offer, in fact Dtoid EU HQ owns the limited edition Chun-Li Fight sticks and it is bloody gorgeous! Mad Catz also have a large amount of licensed Rock Band peripherals for those who take their music seriously. The latest edition to this is the Rock Band 3 Pro Fender wireless guitar, a controller designed to be as close to the real thing as humanly possible. Both Dan Set and Daniel Carniero from the Dtoid community at Gamescom team tried it out. Both play guitar and said it was a real challenge that would require some serious time and dedication to perfect. Perfect if you've been find Rock Band a little too easy. I met the GUNNAR guys for the very first time at CES at the start of 2010 because they have designed a whole range of glasses for gamers. "GUNNAR Optiks is a technology company that seeks to enhance the abilities of the human visual system through revolutionary innovations. GUNNAR performance eyewear is engineered to give even the most demanding digital user an immediate and noticeable visual advantage in the short term and provide superior optical performance over longer periods." The range of glasses sees those created for indoor use, outdoor use and as tested by myself, their new range of 3D glasses, all of which are designed with style in mind so that being seen wearing them is not an embarrassing experience. You can even check out Dale North's hands-on with the indoor and 3D range and the community seemed to like them too. I would like to think that nearly all gamers spent time with LEGO when they were growing up, I was definitely no exception. Even now I giggle with excitement at the thought of being allowed to play with it, so you can imagine how I felt when I first saw the LEGO Prince of Persia collection! Now you can spend your time furious as you continue to look for that one missing piece that you so desperately need all with a video games twist! This is also about as close as I will get to actually being able to touch Jake Gyllenhaal. Oh yummy Jake Gyllenhaal ... You know what the most important part of the Holidays are? Relaxing! Christmas is stressful enough on its own so what better way to let the stress leave your body than by relaxing on a Sum Lounge chair. Destructoid HQ got to mess around with the biggest Sumo chair, the Gigantor, and much gaming bliss was had. The gift to end all gifts. The Farmville gift card!
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Don’t you just love Christmas? You get to spend a ton of money buying gifts for people you can’t stand or have endless difficulty buying the right gift for the significant other in life. Since I am the resident sh...

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PAX 10: Pushing Chun-li's buttons with Mad Catz


Sep 05
// Hollie Bennett
Since I love you all so much I have decided to grace you lovely lot with two video interviews with Alex from Mad Catz; I assure you his energy is contagious. This time we take a look at Mad catz limited edition Chun-Li fight...
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PAX 10: First look at Call Of Duty: Black Ops headset


Sep 04
// Hollie Bennett
Alex, global PR for Mad Catz, is PR incarnate. The man is brilliant to interview with more energy and enthusiasm than you can shake a stick at. Once I saw him at the Mad Catz booth here at PAX Prime, I knew we needed to do a...
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GC 10: Rock 'n' rolling with Mad Catz


Aug 19
// Hollie Bennett
If at any point you had convinced yourself that I wasn't rock and roll, this video will indeed disprove that notion! Meet Alex, the global PR for Mad Catz, a company who specialize in peripherals with one of their biggest li...
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Mad Catz bringing Sonic-themed DS travel cases


Jun 14
// Tony Ponce
Sonic has been getting around lately. We've got Sonic 4 arriving on multiple platforms, Sonic Colors for the Wii and DS, and now the Kinect-enabled Sonic Free Riders for the 360. With all this Sonic love in the air, Mad Catz ...
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Mad Catz ready with Kinect accessories


Jun 14
// Tony Ponce
Microsoft officially demonstrated Kinect earlier today, and already third-party accessory maker Mad Catz has announced a line of molded plastic for use with the new motion-control peripheral. Excuse me while I put on my surpr...
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Pre-E3: Keyboards and Pro instruments for Rock Band 3 detailed, priced


Jun 10
// Nick Chester
Sure, you'll be able to pop the Rock Band 3 disc in and start rocking using all of your existing instruments. But if you want to really take advantage of what the game has to offer -- updated support for a keyboard peripheral...
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Call of Duty: Black Ops Mad Catz accessories incoming


Jun 01
// Nick Chester
I'm not entirely sure how many controllers one needs, but MadCatz is banking on you needing at least one this November, and that you want it branded with Call of Duty: Black Ops crap. The peripheral manufacturer has announced...
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Street Fighter champ Daigo Umehara signs with Mad Catz


Apr 27
// Nick Chester
If your parents told you all of those hours spent playing Street Fighter at the arcade were wasteful, send her a link to this story, please. Mad Catz has announced that it has teamed with fighting game champ Daigo Umehara (pi...
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Mad Catz now a peripheral partner for Rock Band


Apr 23
// Dale North
Harmonix and Mad Catz are now buddying up. The accessory maker is now the principal peripheral partner for their Rock Band music game franchise. First Capcom's Street Fighter and now Rock Band? Damn, look at you, Mad Catz! Wh...
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Hori Real Arcade Pro 3 VLX Edition will eat your soul


Apr 05
// 50ft. Samurai
Despite many thinking that Japan only produces rape games, there was once another product that would shock and awe western gamers: the Hori Real Arcade Pro series of joysticks. Having recently had their supremacy challenged b...

Peripherally Speaking: Tatsunoko vs. Capcom FightStick

Feb 16 // Jonathan Holmes
Tatsunoko vs. Capcom FightStickCompany: Mad CatzMSRP: $79.99 Have you played Tatsunoko vs. Capcom yet? If so, you'll know that unlike the Street Fighter series, you really only need four buttons (light, medium, heavy, and assist) to play the game on expert levels. The Classic Controller is pretty much all you need for that. Having attacks mapped to shoulder buttons makes pulling off master combos in Street Fighter IV with the standard PS3/360 controllers feel unwieldy to many. That's not a problem for Tatsunoko vs. Capcom. It also puts into question the need for a stick that gives equal access to all buttons. I didn't find most button-only combos any easier to pull off with the FightStick. That brings us to the "stick" part of the Tatsunoko vs. Capcom FightStick. It's really nice, much easier to manage than the pads on the Classic Controller or the GameCube controller. "Shoryuken" motions are particularly more likely to come out. I've been playing Street Fighter games for almost 20 years, and I still have trouble pulling off a "Z-motion" move every once in a while. Not with the FightStick. I've been tossing out zombies in shopping carts with the greatest of ease, something necessary for anyone who wants to play competitively with Frank West. [embed]163256:27473[/embed] I tried the stick out with a few more games, including Super Smash Bros. (the original), Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Samurai Shodown Collection, and Guilty Gear XX Accent Core. I wasn't surprised by how much easier Samurai Shodown and Guilty Gear were to play, but I didn't expect Smash Bros. to be this much easier. Taking the analog control out of the equation made double tapping much easier. I also had an easier time throwing and blocking, with those buttons now having equal access. The stick is also surprisingly effective in making non-fighting games easier to play. The Wii-only sequel to NiGHTS was fun, but a little bit irritating to play with the notch-y analog sticks on the classic controller and the nunchuck. The game is a lot smoother with the FightStick, though you do lose the ability to do more subtle movements. It feels more like an arcade game, which may not mean much for people born after 1990, but it definitely works for me. Aesthetically, the stick itself looks nice, if not a tad overgrown. This thing is huge, much larger than most of the old-school sticks I have in my possession. The art on the stick's face is sharp, and doesn't look like it will fade or smudge from excessive use and or sweat damage. The rest of the stick stays true to the Wii's "blue and white" color theme. Everything here is blue or white. The stick even has glowing blue lights that signify which buttons are "Turbo" activated. It's purely a looks-only thing, but it's still pretty cool. Speaking of "Turbo," that's the main thing about this stick that gives me a distinctive NES Advantage vibe. In addition to being able to switch the stick's functionality to left analog stick, right analog stick, or control pad at any time, you can also power-up any of the game's buttons to "turbo mode" at any time. This works great for games like Super Punch-Out!!, where high-speed button mashing can be the difference between success and failure. The Wii Virtual Console is definitely where I'll be using the Tatsunoko vs. Capcom FightStick the most, both for the turbo buttons, and the stick itself. Final Fight 3, the deepest (and most underrated) game in the series, makes good use of both Street Fighter-style controller moves and rapid-fire attacks. I had a hell of a time pulling off Guy's super (which calls for a reverse hadouken motion after a grab) with the Classic Controller, but I can throw it out no problem with the Fightstick. [embed]163256:27478[/embed] The proof that this stick is the real deal is the way it makes Fighting Street (the TurboGrafx-CD port of the original Street Fighter) actually playable. Out of all the Street Fighter games, Fighting Street is undeniably the most unforgiving when it comes to special move inputs. If you don't do your hadouken or shoryuken motion at the exact right speed while pressing the button at the exact right time, you're screwed. It's nearly impossible to pull this off with a control pad, but with a stick, it can happen with enough practice. There is no way you're getting to Sagat without a hadouken, and there's no way you're getting a hadouken out without a stick. I haven't tried to mod the stick yet, but I did open it up to take a look. It's definitely harder to access the buttons from the inside than it is with Hori's Wii-compatible fight stick. Hopefully I won't need to replace any of the buttons anytime soon. They definitely feel better than the buttons on the Hori stick, though they are a bit noisy. If you play your fighters in a common area of your home, you may get some complaints from those you share a space with. Hit these buttons hard, and you're going to get some pretty loud clicking. As a fan of older games and fighting games, the Tatsunoko vs. Capcom FightStick is a perfect fit. Like I said, I'll be utilizing it with Virtual Console games more than with fighters, but that's only if the Wii's selection of 2D fighting games remains as limited as it is now. At $80, you better be sure that you're going to get a lot of use out of this thing. It obviously wouldn't be worth the money for someone who doesn't play stick-friendly games more than a few hours a week. Still, it's worth mentioning that this stick isn't just for fighting game fans. Anyone with an appreciation for that old arcade feel, something that's all but dead in modern gaming, will get some fun out of this controller.
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Over the years, the prestige surrounding "arcade stick" controllers has ballooned into something epic. Back in the days of the NES Advantage, stick controllers were made to help ease old-school gaming fans, who weren't as com...

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CES 2010: You dirty R.A.T.


Jan 10
// Conrad Zimmerman
I probably played entirely too much Shadowrun (the tabletop game, not the bastardization of same name for Xbox 360) in high school, because I've heard people tell me that these mice look silly but I refuse to believe it's tr...
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Mad Catz paid $300K to miss out on Guitar Hero's success


Jan 08
// Samit Sarkar
Oh, Mad Catz. Does your ignominy know no bounds? The accessory manufacturer, whose name has long been synonymous among gamers with inferior peripherals -- sturdy FightSticks aside -- recently admitted to a decision that looks...
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CES 2010: Brag: Mad Catz gave me a free FightStick


Jan 08
// Dale North
Yeah, they didn't really give me a free lovely v2 Street Fighter IV FightStick. Not a real one, anyway. I'm not one of the famous Street Fighter champs that they send the free units to. We might get one for review later, but ...
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CES 2010: Tatsunoko vs. Capcom FightStick close-up


Jan 08
// Dale North
The Capcom fighting title Tatsunoko vs. Capcom is almost perfect on the Wii as is, if you ask me. The only thing missing is a good controller.  Mad Catz brought along the Tatsunoko vs. Capcom Arcade FightStick along to ...
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CES 2010: New Mad Catz Street Fighter IV FightStick demo


Jan 08
// Dale North
Our friend Alex from Mad Catz was kind enough to show us around their newest controller, the new Street Fighter IV Arcade Tournament FightStick. It's got a new body, a new look, and new parts and functionality that make it e...
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CES 2010: Some serious flight sim stick action


Jan 08
// Dale North
If you're serious about flight sim games, and I mean really freaking serious about flight simulation games, then you'll likely dig this new Saitek Pro Flight X-65F system. The stick itself? It does not move. At all. Instead, ...
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CES 2010:Mad Catz to make new FightSticks and FightPads


Jan 07
// Brad Nicholson
Mad Catz plans to follow-up on Capcom’s Street Fighter IV follow-up with more licensed Fight Sticks and Fight Pads. This afternoon, the manufacturer announced the Super Street Fighter IV Tournament Edition “S&rdqu...
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Mad Catz to release Cyborg-brand mice this Spring


Jan 07
// Brad Nicholson
Mad Catz is entering the luxury gaming mice business. On January 6th, the third-party manufacturer announced plans to release a range of Cyborg-brand gaming mice in the spring 2010. So, what’s in the mice? Just think pr...
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Tatsunoko FightSticks to ship alongside game this January


Jan 05
// Brad Nicholson
Wii remotes and Nunchucks aren’t ideal devices to play games with, no less games within the fighting genre. So, we weren’t that surprised this afternoon when Mad Catz revealed that its line of Tatsunoko vs. Capcom...
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Mad Catz officially announces Tatsunoko vs. Capcom line


Dec 18
// Dale North
We already kind of knew about this, but today Mad Catz makes it official. They've officially announced a relationship with Capcom to produce a line based on the upcoming Wii release Tatsunoko vs. Capcom: Ultimate All-Stars. T...
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A look at Mad Catz' PS3 MW2-themed wireless headset


Nov 18
// Brad Nicholson
Mad Catz’ Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2-themed PS3 communicator doesn’t harness the power of the throat like its Xbox 360 counterpart does. This one is just a light, wireless Bluetooth device with a cool coat of ...
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Mad Catz: Microsoft won't block our Wireless N adapter


Nov 17
// Jordan Devore
While Mad Catz' wireless N adapter may not be as sleek as the official Microsoft device, it has a few good things going for it. Namely, its price -- $79.99 compared to Microsoft's $100 asking price -- and the fact that it wor...
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A look at Mad Catz' MW2 Xbox 360 Combat Controller


Nov 16
// Brad Nicholson
If you’re seeking a clear Modern Warfare 2 advantage, the Mad Catz game-themed Xbox 360 controller won’t give you one. Customizable button configurations are no substitute for a turbo-fire mechanism, much as its f...
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A look at Mad Catz' MW2 Throat Communicator


Nov 16
// Brad Nicholson
I’ve yet to test a third-party console communicator that I’ve liked. The audio and voice quality never measures up to the two products Microsofts makes available for its platform at a premium price. Mad Catz&rsquo...

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